Here is the second part of a collection I made ranging from the 80s till now. Characteristics are as always pure instrumental music and this time impossible guitar technique and speed. There are so many performers to admire, to name a few: Jeff Loomis from Nevermore, John Pertrucci from Dream Theater, Marty Friedman from Megadeth, Marc Rizzo from Soulfly, Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker,Greg Howe, Vinnie Moore, and Paul Gilbert. G3 couldn’t be missing of course.
It goes without saying that the whole albums are worth listening to and I just included one song per album to give you some perspective of the artist’s capabilities. God bless Spotify! Somehow I would say that those pieces resemble classical orchestral music and maybe that is the reason I like them for classical piano I was taught long time ago. Youtube Playlist included.
- Jeff Loomis – Miles of Machines (Zero Order Phase 2008),
- Marty Friedman – Inferno (Inferno 2015)
- Dream Theater – In Presence of Enemies (Systematic Chaos 2007), both parts and love the instrumental parts
- Animals as Leaders – CAFO (Animals as Leaders 2009), what 8 strings can sound
- Symphony X – Domination (Paradise Lost 2010), instrumental cover
- Marc Rizzo – Kilocycle Interval (Colossal Myopia 2005)
- Racer X- Technical Difficulties (Technical Difficulties 1999), Paul Gilbert Yeahhh!
- Cacophony – Speed Metal Symphony (Speed Metal Symphony 1987), Marty Friedman and Jason Becker of course
- Obscura – Concerto (Omnvivium 2011), excellent Cacophony cover from the above album and my absolute favorite
- Jeff Loomis – Ultimatum (Planes of Oblivion 2012 ), ft. Tony MacApline
- Liquid Tension Experiment – Paradigm Shift (Liquid Tension Experiment 1998), John Petrucci super group
- Liquid Tension Experiment – Acid Rain (Liquid Tension Experiment 2 1999), and from the second album
- Jason Becker – Perpetual Burn (Perpetual Burn 1988), first album
- Greg Howe – Bad Racket (Greg Howe 1988), first album
- Tony MacAlpine – The Raven (Edge of Insanity 1986), first album
- Vinnie Moore – Lifeforce (Mind’s Eye 1986), again first album and it was already too hard to pick just one from it
- Yngwie Malmsteen – Far Beyond The Sun (Rising Force 1985), first album once more
- Joe Satriani – Crystal Planet (Crystal Planet 1998), I was between that and “Surfing with an Alien” (1987) but enough with the first albums
- Steve Vai – Erotic Nightmares (Passion and Warfare 1990)
- Van Halen – Eruption (Van Halen 1978), the classic of the classiest from Eddie and I must include it for historical reasons
PS: That’s my amp!
PS2: The first part is here.